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Two USGS Partnership Publications Win National Awards

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The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) in Lafayette, LA, was a partner in producing two publications that have won national awards in the National Association of Government Communicators' Blue Pencil Competition. The awards will be presented at the Association's annual Conference and Communications School in Denver, to be held March 7th-10th. The Center has also produced three First-Place and two Second-Place winners in previous Blue Pencil competitions.

the covers of the two-volume 'Status and Trends of the Nation's Biological Resources' publication
The two-volume Status and Trends of the Nation's Biological Resources received a Second-Place award in the "soft-cover books" category. The work had previously been named one of the dozen most notable Federal publications of 2000 by the American Library Association. The book has been widely reviewed and favorably commented on in publications such as the Smithsonian Magazine, Science News, California Coast and Ocean, The Washington Post, and Wetlands. The 1,000-page book presents a large-scale assessment of the health of the Nation's plants, animals, and ecosystems that could be used by managers, scientists, policymakers, and the general public. Almost 200 authors from the USGS and other agencies and universities contributed to the work. The team producing the work included USGS Inventory and Monitoring Program scientists (concept development and oversight); Bureau of Land Management (design and layout); the former National Biological Service (initial editing); USGS National Wetlands Research Center (rewriting and final editing); and the USGS Cartography and Publishing Program (printing management).

cover of 'Paradise Lost?'
"Paradise Lost? The Coastal Prairie of Louisiana" won Second Place in the "shoestring budget" category. The 40-page brochure, suitable for slipping into a pocket, was written and produced by a partnership of USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and university scientists as well as USGS editorial and FWS graphics staffs. Staff at the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge realized the general public knew little of how beautiful, fragile and rare the coastal prairie is, and thus secured a grant to print the brochure for refuge visitors. The booklet features a brief overview of the coastal prairie and contains hundreds of colored pictures identifying the region's plants and animals. The grant contained only enough money to print the brochure, so all the agencies and universities involved donated their time and expertise on the award winner.

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